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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

George Melly: “I think all clubs are like old tarts, sad under full lighting.” – (Slowing Down, Penguin Books 2005).

Today Monday November 30

Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Pizza Express, Dean St., Newcastle NE1 1PG. 8pm. No cover charge.
Blue Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Les Paul died today aged 94. Where to start with such a multi-talented individual?
I first came across him when he and his wife Mary Ford were riding the charts with "Mocking Bird Hill", "Vaya Con Dios", "The World Is Waiting For The Sunshine", "How High The Moon", "Walkin' Whistlin' Blues" and dozens of others all using the then pioneering multi-tracking technique.
As I got into jazz I encountered the incredible guitar/piano choruses recorded with Nat Cole at a Jazz At The Philharmonic concert in the 1940s.
Until recently he played a regular Monday night gig in New York
When I started work in a local music shop I soon discovered that the Gibson Les Paul was THE guitar. I doubt if there's a serious guitarist anywhere, whether jazz or rock, who hasn't at one time owned a Les Paul or at least a Les Paul copy.
An amazing man, worshipped by musicians and technicians alike.
There are already a whole wadge of tributes appearing so I'll leave you to Google your own until the definitive one appears.
In the meantime, Wikipedia does the business.
Rest in Peace Les you were a one off (except on those multi-tracked recordings...)

1 comment :

  1. He was an amazing guy, a born innovator. Good Gibson Les Paul's from the peak period 1958/59 are now worth megadosh. I'm just thinking of local jazz guitarists who used a Les Paul at some stage - Eric Gamblin and John Hedley spring to mind. I don't think the Les Paul model was as much used for jazz styles as it might have been. Jim Hall used one whilst with Chico Freeman but soon moved to a Gibson 175 which I think he got from Howard Roberts.


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